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Animal and Pet Waste Management



Proper clean up of pets is limits the amount of pathogens that can be washed into waterways. Appropriate disposal includes bringing a bag, pick up the waste and then disposing it in the trash.


  • Results in less organic debris and bacteria in waterways, which can lead to high nutrient levels and low dissolved oxygen levels in streams and lakes.

Additional Tips

  • Encourage your municipality to enact an ordinance to regulate pet waste.
  • Adopt the "Long Grass Principle." Dogs are attracted to long grass for defecating and areas that are mowed less frequently can be provided for feces to disintegrate naturally.
  • Encourage your municipality to provide biodegradeable pet waste bags in parks and along trails used by pets and their owners.



The effective management of livestock requires an applicable knowledge of animal anatomy, nutrition, health genetics, facilities and the effects of livestock production on the environment. Waste should be stored on upland area and steps should be made to develop a long-term disposal process such as composting.


  • Can reduce disease-causing microorganisms that are present in manure.
  • Water quality if animals and their waste are kept away from surface water. 

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